The "handle" on the one side has been broken off. What's a man to do? First, remove all the badness.
Prybars are our friend!
The nails are rusted to crap. So it's no surprise that they came out so easily. It may have just been a race between the wood and the metal to see which fails first.
Now it's time for that Improvise, Adapt, Overcome moment that is the heart of a Praxis post.
A friend recently bought a dining room suite and the table itself had "shipping bars" on the table. This held the leaf in place and maintained the two ends of the table secure relative to each other.
They were held in place with cute little 1" wood screws and the blocks themselves had a nice little recess for the screw itself.
|Shipping bar, Mark 1 Mod A.|
Cute little screw, 1" lg
A drill to drive it in and voila!
I suppose I could have checked to make sure it was level, but if everything went right then what fun would that be?
The shipping bar of course doesn't have that nice bevel on the bottom face that the crate had. So it's not as secure a hand hold, I presume. But I couldn't cut it like that without getting into the holes for the bottom two screws. You picks your poison. I just thought it was neat that the thing almost precisely fit into the space available.
The screws didn't protrude through the inside of the box either.
It took me less time to type this post than it did to perform all of the above.
You figure the nails on the other end (and in my other crate) are in similar condition as the ones I pulled out? Probably. Then it's a good thing I grabbed the other 3 shipping bars and the screws.